In case you haven’t taken a look at my recent Instagram photos, I fell completely in love with Salzburg, Austria.
Derek and I recently spent a few days in Salzburg and I was completely smitten from the second I stepped off the train. There is so much character throughout the city, it’s the home of The Sound of Music ( which coincidentally is my favorite movie! ), and it has a castle. I mean, what’s not to love!
If I’m being completely honest, what made these few days so wonderful was either suggestions made by our friends or stumbling across things by accident! While there was a certain sense of adventure by finding some gems by ourselves, I wanted to make a list of activities that need to be experienced in Salzburg that I could share with you! We are friends too, so consider these my friendly recommendations!
1. Explore Hohensalzburg Castle
This picturesque castle sits atop the southern hill of Salzburg. What I enjoyed most about the castle is that it’s a good mix of architecture, panoramic views, and history. The views from this castle are absolutely to die for.
It offers some of the best views of the city from the front and back of the castle. This is definitely a must-see!
2. The Sound of Music Bike Tour
This was four hours very well spent! We started right next to Mirabell Gardens and saw several filming locations from The Sound of Music. As I mentioned before, this is my favorite movie so I was in heaven for the majority of the bike tour. The only thing that was a bit of a damper was it poured rain for the last 30 minutes of the tour. Even so, it couldn’t rain on my parade!
3. Eat a local dish ( or dessert! )
One of the best ways to experience a new city is to get a taste of their food. Derek and I fully embraced this philosophy throughout the trip! Crepes ( both savory and sweet ) are very popular, so we made it our mission to try as many as we could. This photo is a cheese and salami crepe, but my personal favorite was Nutella. It’s heaven!
4. Have a picnic by the river
This was surprisingly peaceful. A few yards behind you, tourists are flocking and trying to scurry around the city, but you can’t see them. You barely hear them over the sound of the water. This actually was a suggestion by my cousin! We bought some bread, cheese, salami, and twist-off wine and sat by the river for a few hours and just admired the city.
5. Climb to see the sights
This was almost completely by accident. This photo was taken from M 32 Restaurant. We could see Hohensalzburg castle, downtown, and all the way up river. With just a bit of walking ( and sometimes wandering ) we were able to see more of Salzburg than we thought.
I’d love to hear your thoughts! What parts of Salzburg are your favorites?